Sunday, July 27, 2014

What is The Statue of Liberty? A great book by Joan Holub

Most of us think of The Statue of Liberty as the Greenish Blue statue that is out on Ellis Island off of New York.

Well it is a patina of Greenish Blue, since it was made of copper this is the patina it has, but it is not on Ellis Island, it is on Liberty Island.

This is just a small sample of the material that is contained in this compact book.

The book is written for children as a way of teaching them about ThUSe Statue of Liberty. however it is written in such a way, that people of any age can appreciate the book and the information contained with-in.

The book written by Joan Holub and is illustrated by John Hinderliter.

Mr. Hinderliters' illustrations add to the text and give a sense of completeness in the presentation of materials.

You will discover how the United States nearly lost this gift from France and what part Gustave Eiffel had in the building of the statue, and how Bedlows Island was chosen and why the Statue was put on an Island.

There is so much information and this book is such a pleasure to read, that you will find yourself reading it again just to bone up on all the cool trivia you will find here-in.

What is The Statue of Liberty is 5 stars and a great book for people of all ages.  You will enjoy this book.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Air Raid Pearl Harbor an impressive book

Today, June 30th, I finished another book.  This one was a young adult book titled Air Raid Pear Harbor, the Story of December 7th 1941.

The book is by Theodore Taylor who was involved in the production of the motion picture of "Tora Tora Tora"  which was released in 1970.  Taylor in part took the movie script and condensed much of it into this book, but added his own elements to the book.

One thing he did through out the book, was keep it balanced in how he presented the information on both the American and Japanese point of view.  In the book Taylor manages to present the diverse views between Tojo, the military ruler of Japan, who had more power than the emperor and Admiral Yamamoto who commanded the combined fleet for the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Yamamoto was opposed to the attack, and stated that this would be a disaster for Japan, because the United States would rise for the ashes and eventually defeat Japan.

Taylor also in a section at the end of the book titled The Heroes and The Scapegoats, allows both Admiral Husband E Kimmel and General Short to speak and express in their own words, taken from transcripts from the investigation in 1946.  Kimmel does not mince words and expresses in blatant terms how he felt he was hung out to dry to cover for errors by other officers and leaders who were even more to blame for the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Air Raid Pearl Harbor, is a tightly written book that gives a fresh look at the events of this day and is a book that you will find fascinating whether you are 17 or 70.

Friday, July 25, 2014

#100happydays A Memorial Record Album to a Beloved President

The other day, Tuesday July 22nd I was at my favorite thrift store here in Aurora, Colorado and I discovered perhaps the most unique record I have found so far.

This is not a popular music album, it has no music at all.  As a matter of fact it is 100% dialogue.

What is this unique record album, that in six days sold 4 million copies?

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, A Memorial Album.  That's right a record produced with-in 24 hours of President Kennedy's death.

A radio station in New York WMCA.  The album is narrated by Ed Brown, who expertly sets up excerpts and in a few occasions complete speeches given by President Kennedy.

The speeches resonate clearly and with the depth and passion that Kennedy had in life, it is as if the President were sitting in the room with you.  There is no distortion, no hisses or pops or crackles.  If you did not know this was produced in 1963, you would feel it was a digitally remastered recording.

The record was cut together on the day of the assassination, November 22nd 1963 using Kennedy's speeches from his inauguration, to his speech on civil rights.

What is amazing is that a large portion of the proceeds from this album went to the Joseph P Kennedy Foundation for research into Mental Retardation.

The cost of the album was .99 cents and the one I purchased was marked Special .19 cents.

For me this is one of the most significant albums I own, and listening to it reminds me how much a different world it is today, considering that when this album was made, African Americans could not go to the same movie theaters as Whites, could not go to the same restaurants or stay in the same hotels.  

If you can find this album it is a time capsul and well worth adding to your collection.

What other amazing things will I discover at Safari thrift?  Follow my blog and find out, and let me know what you think.  

Til next time. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Collison Book two in the Battle for Darracia series by Michael Phillip Cash

"Get ready it's going to be a bumpy ride."

And so is this second book in Michael Phillip Cash's series the Battle for Darracia.

Collision picks up with everyone scattered.

There is a sense of incompleteness, for  V'sair the young king od Darracia is separated from his love Tulani, who is trying to prover her skills as a high priestess and is failing.

V'sairs' brother Zayden has gone on a lone crusade to kill the man  whose son killed his betrothed and is blinded by this anger.

And then Staf Nuen the man who wanted to taje Darracia by force, Staff Nuen who is building a dangerous alliance with a man who claims to have a Goddess who is unbeatable and will ensure that Nuen gains what he desires, but at what price.

This is just the set up for a fast paced book with many twists and turns and a few surprises including what happens to Zayden in the final chapter.

You will be holding your breath throughout this book, for Collision does what so many middle books, movies in trilogies do so well.  Set up the final act and build then tension and establish the relationships of the characters and define them in depth.

You will not put this book down, until you are done reading it, and even then you will be tempted to read it again to be sure you did not miss anything, because so much happens at breakneck speed.

Michael Phillip Cash has done it again with Collision and I am waiting with baited breath for the final installment Risen
to see how this story ends.  


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

#100happydays Tracks in the sand

While waiting for my bus the other day I saw these heavy tracks in the sand near the bus stop.  I had to photograph them, because they seemed so much deeper than usual.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This is a test run!

I have had some issues getting things to automatically  post to my Facebook and Twitter. I am posting this to see if it will work properly.


If everything works out correctly, I will be back to my regular scheduled blogs.

A Study of a tree for use in diorama making

While waiting for my bus a few days ago I took these photos of a tree.  

I build scale models and am starting to do dioramas more often.  

These close ups of this tree show all the detail and color range, so that when I do trees in my dioramas the colors will be correct and I can try and add details to the tree or be sure that the details are correct.


Notice how the color of the branches and trunk can change ,  ever so slightly from one photo to another.

Some is shadow, some is how the wood has peeled off at points. 

None the less, this gives some fine details and even from a natural point of view the photos are beautiful.